If you’re using Gmail, there’s an easy way to delete old emails and free up space in your inbox without manually marking each one as read or deleting one by one. The Select all conversations that match this search trick will let you select all your messages that have the same subject line and delete them with just one click. Here’s how it works and how to use it to delete all those old emails in no time at all. How to quickly delete old emails and free up space in your Gmail inbox
Select the messages you want to delete
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Open the message you want to delete by clicking on it or hitting enter when it is highlighted. You will see a small trash can icon next to the subject line. Click this icon or hit ‘Delete’ on your keyboard. This will permanently remove the email from your Gmail account. If you change your mind, simply click undo (below the browser window) to undo that deletion. If you accidentally delete an email that was important, please contact us for help! For those of you who would rather not spend hours scrolling through your messages one-by-one, there are other options available. Selecting all messages: In the upper left corner of the screen, select ‘Select All’ from the drop down menu. Select Delete: Hit ‘delete’ on your keyboard or select delete at top right of screen if using PC’s internet browser Chrome.
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If you’ve been using Google for a long time, chances are you have a lot of emails. If you’re looking for a quick way to clean up your inbox, here’s how you can select all the messages and then delete them with one click.
1. Select all the messages by clicking the checkbox next to Inbox on the left side of the screen or by pressing CTRL+A on your keyboard.
2. Click Delete in the top right corner of the message list
3. Confirm that you want to delete all the selected messages
4. Voila! All those pesky emails are gone!
To empty the Trash, select the trash icon on the upper left hand side of your Gmail screen. Once you have selected this icon, a window will pop-up with all of the emails that are currently residing in Trash. You can then check off any email or group of emails that you would like to permanently delete. When you are done checking off items, click on Empty Trash. From there, Gmail will prompt you to confirm whether or not you want to permanently delete these emails. Click on Yes at this point. The process may take a few minutes depending on how many emails are in the trash bin. As soon as it is finished deleting those old messages from your account, it is ready for new ones!
Refresh your mailbox
To refresh your mailbox, click the drop-down arrow on the toolbar on the top of Gmail. Right click Inbox and choose Refresh. This will bring back all of the emails that have been deleted from your current folder. You can then select any individual email or delete them all at once by selecting all messages, right clicking, and then choosing Delete Emails. If you want to clear out a few specific emails, open each one and hit the More button. Click Delete Mail as you go for more targeted deletions. Pressing Ctrl+D lets you delete an entire page at a time; this is great if there are pages with many different emails that you’ve flagged as spam. As always, make sure to review what’s left after deleting anything so you don’t mistakenly erase something important.